Experimentalist pressure against traditional methodology

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Abstract:

According to some critics, traditional armchair philosophical methodology relies in an illicit way on intuitions. But the particular structure of the critique is not often carefully articulated—a significant omission, since some of the critics’ arguments for skepticism about philosophy threaten to generalize to skepticism in general. More recently, some experimentalist critics have attempted to articulate a critique that is especially tailored to affect traditional methods, without generalizing too widely. Such critiques are more reasonable, and more worthy of serious consideration, than are blunter critiques that generalize far too widely. I argue that a careful (empirical!) examination of extant philosophical practices shows that traditional philosophical methods can meet these more reasonable challenges.

Keywords: Experimental Philosophy; Intuitions; Philosophical Methodology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2011.625118

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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